Since 2012, I have been regularly leading gastronomic tours of China with the award-winning travel agency WildChina. The Classic Tour is an eye-opening 12-day exploration of the foods of Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hangzhou (with incidental visits to the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army and other attractions!). WildChina handle all the logistics with their customary aplomb, and local guides introduce the sights of the places we visit. I’m in charge of the food, so I choose the restaurants, order the dishes and explain the food throughout the trip. The tour features street food walks, cooking demonstrations and a hands-on cooking class as well as a whole range of lunches and dinners, from casual noodle shops to some of the country’s finest restaurants.
In 2015 we will be running our first specialised regional tour, with a gastronomic trip to Yunnan Province in the far southwest of China.
I also organise private tours tailored to the needs of individuals and corporate clients, on request.